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SImon Cowell has reportedly blamed Gary Barlow for The X Factor's drop in ratings. Barlow, who sits alongside Tulisa Contostavlos, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, is apparently being singled out as a reason why the current series has seen its worst viewing figures since 2006. Cowell is now reportedly planning on replacing 41-year-old Barlow for next year's series after deciding that he takes his judging role "too seriously". The 53-year-old has allegedly said that he has "another man in mind" to take the Take That star's place. It has also been reported that Cowell did not want Barlow to (more) »


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